Do you accept email submissions? Not at the moment. Please see our guidelines for submission details.
Do you have a specific style? We’re interested in high quality contemporary literature for adults. With the emphasis on contemporary, we love all forms of poetry – lyric, prose poems, experimental – and literary short fiction*.*Please note we publish literary short fiction – if your sci-fi/fantasy/romance story has literary merit – think Atwood, Ali Smith, Bradbury – we’ll have a look at it, if not, you’d be better off sending it to a genre-specific magazine (and hopefully getting paid for it). Please read a copy of Brittle Star before you submit.
Do you accept work that has been simultaneously submitted to other magazines? No. We spend a good deal of time considering and discussing the work that we choose for our magazine and it’s both disappointing and frustrating if those we’ve selected have been accepted or already published in another magazine.
Do I stand a better chance of getting published if I subscribe? You stand a better chance of getting published if you submit high quality work, taking out a subscription doesn’t come into it. However, we’d encourage you to subscribe because there’s some excellent writing in Brittle Star and it helps us to keep going. We would always urge you to read a copy of the magazine before you submit so that you’ll know what we’re looking for.
Do you pay for poetry and short fiction contributions? Sadly, not at the moment. Brittle Star is a not for profit magazine run by volunteers. Any money raised through subscriptions, sales and donations goes back into production and promotion of the magazine.
If you don’t pay, what do I get? All published contributors receive a complimentary copy of the magazine and an opportunity to buy extra copies at a greatly reduced price. Some are invited to read at our launches.
I posted my work a month ago and haven’t heard, does this mean you’ve rejected me? We reply to all our submissions, but sometimes it takes a little time. As soon as we’ve made a decision on your submission we’ll contact you. But please be mindful that we receive hundreds of submissions per issue and we run Brittle Star on a part-time voluntary basis.
Do you review books? Yes. From issue 33 we will publish up to two good length reviews of selected debut full collections of poetry or short fiction. We only review first full collections (no pamphlets or anthologies).
Can I submit an article? If you have an idea for an article, please email us with a brief outline. Do not send us the complete article unless we request it.
Can I get feedback on my work? We’re hoping to set up some workshops in the future (sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter @brittlestarmag for up to date details), but I’m afraid we can’t give feedback on individual’s submissions to the magazine.
Can I advertise in Brittle Star? Yes, you can. We welcome adverts and we’re very reasonably priced. For more details, please see our advertisement rates.
Are you looking for cover illustrations? We’re always happy to consider images for our covers, however at the moment we’re sadly unable to pay for any offered. Please email us with your ideas.
Can I buy single copies of the magazine? You can buy single copies at our launches and meet the contributors and editors – sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter @brittlestarmag for up to date details. You can take out a full subscription online.